Joe Rogan sorry for putting Spotify in the spot, pledges to do better amid Covid-19 misinformation controversy

Joe Rogan has pledged to try harder to offer more balanced views on his podcast, after he was criticised by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell for helping to spread Covid misinformation.

The Canadian musicians asked to have their music pulled from the streaming platform as a result.

Spotify has since said it is working to add advisory warnings to any podcast discussing Covid-19.

US broadcaster Rogan apologised to the company and vowed to do better.

In an almost 10-minute long Instagram video posted on Monday, Rogan said he would "try harder to get people with differing opinions on" on his show - which averages 11 million listeners per episode.

Much of the controversy regards two recent episodes of Rogan's podcast, which featured the cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough and immunologist/virologist Dr Robert Malone.

Both experts expressed views that were contrary to mainstream information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Rogan denied trying to spread misinformation, saying he had "never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people". But he also admitted "absolutely I get things wrong", and backed Spotify's plan to put a disclaimer at the start of controversial episodes.

"My pledge to you is that I will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people's perspectives, so we can maybe find a better point of view," he said, adding he had "no hard feelings" towards Young or Mitchell.

"I'm not mad at Neil Young, I'm a huge Neil Young fan," he said, noting his admiration for Mitchell's music as well.

Rogan said he would "do my best to make sure I've researched these topics... and have all the pertinent facts at hand" before discussing them on his podcast, while defending the credentials of several recent guests and vaccine-sceptics.

He added that he had a problem with the term "misinformation", as new facts about Covid-19 are emerging all the time and stressed how he had also had guests on the show with more conventional ideas, including Dr Michael Osterholm, a member of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 advisory board.

"I want to thank Spotify for being so supportive during this time, and I'm very sorry that this is happening to them and that they're taking so much heat from it," he said.